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Ship Extortion #223008

CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 18, 1972
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(Studio) In the Atlantic Ocean north of Azores, British frogmen search Queen Elizabeth 11 for bombs. New York City telephone caller makes threat.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(New York City) At 2:45 p.m., New York City headquarters Cunard Line, anonymous caller asks for Charles Dixon, Cunard Vice President Dixon tells Cunard President Richard Patton of caller's message. [PATTON - says caller says 2 people on ship prepared to detonate bombs if $320,000 ransom not paid] [Authorities wonder how conspirators would communicate. Cunard prepares to pay ransom.]
REPORTER: David Culhane

(London, England) 4-man team British Army bomb experts leave England in RAF Hercules, parachute to ocean, and board ship in attempt to diffuse bombs. [1969 films of plane and ship shown.] Queen Elizabeth II due to arrive Cherbourg, France, Saturday, with 1550 passengers and crew of 900. 90-yr.-old conductor Leopold Tchaikovsky; George Kelly, uncle of princess Grace of Monaco, aboard. [Cunard chairperson Victor MATTHEWS - says passengers not told until last minute of bomb threat.]
REPORTER: John Laurence

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Culhane, David;
Laurence, John
Duration:
00:02:40

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